BLUSTER WATCH….Dan Drezner is right. I don’t know how Robert Gates is going to turn out in the long term, but his response to Vladimir Putin’s criticisms was pretty deft. As Dan says, “It’s been so long since an American official reacted so correctly to empty bluster that I’d almost forgotten how it should be done.”

On the other hand, was the bluster really as empty as all that? Be honest, Dan: don’t you hate it that George Bush has run such a disastrous foreign policy that even a guy like Putin manages to score a few telling points now and again?

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